Reform Secretary John Castriciones (right) turns over the
symbolic key to one of the chairmen of 18 agrarian reform
beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) who are recipient of the
18 six-wheeler dump trucks in Eastern Visayas during the
turnover ceremony. Looking on are DAR Assistant Regional
Director Ma. Fe Malinao and Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominic
Petilla. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria)
turns over farm machineries, inaugurates building in EV
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
January 21, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones turned over on Thursday
18 six-wheeler heavy-duty dump trucks to the same number of selected
agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) in Eastern Visayas,
and inaugurated the newly-rehabilitated building at the Department
of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Office-8 compound on the same
Castriciones in his
message emphasized, “If we want our country to be progressive, let
us strengthen the agriculture sector”. Thus DAR is providing ARBOs
the necessary equipment particularly for their agri-enterprise
Provision of the necessary
support services is one of the components of the Comprehensive
Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) to improve the quality of lives of
the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).
Regional Director Sheila
Enciso disclosed that the said dump trucks amounted to P81-million
funded under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and
Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) project.
According to her, of the
18 dump trucks, six units were given to the province of Leyte for
MAALSADA Farmers Irrigators Service Agriculture Cooperative (FISCO)
in Alangalang; Omaganhan Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative in
Tabango; Hacienda Maria Multi-Purpose Cooperative in San Isidro;
Merida Agriculture Diversified Services Multi-Purpose Cooperative in
Merida; Brgy. Agutayan Farmers Association in Hilongos and Pastrana
ARC Farmers Organization in Pastrana.
Four units were given to
the province of Eastern Samar for the San Gabriel ARB Association in
Borongan; San Pablo Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Taft; Growers
Integrated Farmers Association in Salcedo and Canloterio Farmers
Association in Maydolong.
Northern Samar was also
given four units for the Centralized Farmers Association in
Mondragon; Victoria Agrarian Reform Community Cooperative in
Victoria; San Jose Farmers Association in San Jose and Northern
Samar Rice Producers Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Palapag.
Two units were given to
the province of Western Samar for the Legaspi Farmers and Fisherfolk
Association in Marabut and Villahermosa Oriental Farmers and
Fisherfolk Association in Pagsanghan.
Biliran and Southern Leyte
provinces were give one each for the Lico Agrarian Reform
Cooperative in Naval, Biliran and San Francisco Multi-Purpose
Cooperative in San Franciso, Southern Leyte.
Five units however were
put on hold pending compliance of the requirements by the concerned
Undersecretary for Support
Services Emily Padilla who was with the Secretary during the said
occasion challenged the concerned ARBOs to use the dump trucks in
uplifting the lives of the more than 20,000 members of the 18 farmer
She likewise stressed to
the recipient ARBOs that all farm equipment provided by the agency
will be geo-tagged so the office could monitor them.
According to the
Secretary, the government hopes these ARBOs will succeed in
developing their awarded lands and contribute to national
Rice production and
trading, organic fertilizer production and trading, vegetable
production and trading, coco coir and geotextile production and
abaca trading are just among the agri-enterprise these ARBOs had
Reynaldo Peja, Chairman of
the MAALSADA FISCO, one of the ARBO recipients which is into rice
trading, thank the President and the DAR and said, the dump truck
would enable their cooperative now to deliver rice as far as Ormoc
City and other areas in the region.
Meanwhile, as the DAR
inaugurated a newly-rehabilitated building where the regional office
will be transferred, Castriciones challenged the employees to be
united and “work as a team to be able to achieve our objectives the
way it should be done”.
building used to be a dormitory that was severely devastated during
the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda on November 8, 2013.
With a contract price of
P25.5-million, the rehabilitation started on December 2017 after the
provincial government of Leyte granted DAR a usufruct for 25 years
to the land where the building is erected, the area being owned by
the provincial government of Leyte.
Governor Leopoldo Dominic
Petilla said during the occasion, though the usufruct is free, he
appealed to DAR officials to always consider Leyte for whatever
programs and projects it has for the ARBs.
With the distribution of
dump trucks, Petilla was happy that six farmer organizations in his
province were among the beneficiaries of the multi-million pesos
worth of machineries.
Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones, DAR
Undersecretary Emily Padilla, Leyte Governor Leopoldo
Dominic Petilla and DAR-8 Regional Director Sheila Enciso
cut the ceremonial ribbon during the inauguration of the
newly-rehabilitated dormitory which will now serve as the
new DAR-8 office. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria)